§ Mr. Wigley
To ask the Secretary of State for Social Security what representations he has received on implementing a national disability allowance scheme based on attendance allowance, with the top rate based on a higher scale of night and day allowance, and the lower rates based on the level of disability; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Scott
We have received comments on our proposals for disability allowance from more than 70 organisations of and for disabled people and from a large number of individual people with disabilities. We regularly meet the disability organisations, and I met the Disability Benefits Consortium—an umbrella group representing more than 250 disability organisations on 5 April to discuss their views on "The Way Ahead". We shall continue to take into account the views of interested organisations and individuals while work is progressing on the two new benefits, disability allowance and disability employment credit.